Scotland remains to be recovering from the injury left within the wake of Storm Arwen final week, however one other has already arrived to trigger extra destruction.
Glasgow has been informed to brace for robust winds and sleet as Storm Barra hits at this time (December 7).
A yellow climate warning for heavy snow and robust winds has additionally been put into place for almost all of Scotland.
In weather circumstances as dangerous as these, driving is a much more harmful enterprise, and so it is necessary that motorists be sure that they’re as cautious as doable when heading out onto the highway.
Not solely are you extra prone to get into an accident throughout poor climate, however you’re additionally extra prone to make easy errors that might land you in hassle with the law.
Keith Hawes, Director of automobile and van leasing firm Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has shared his prime seven suggestions for drivers to remain secure throughout Storm Barra.
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Hawes has held quite a few senior positions within the automotive trade, together with Director of Fleet and Industrial Automobile Gross sales at Renault.
Here’s what you should know.
1. If it’s stormy outdoors, keep inside
At the start, if there are extreme storms outdoors and also you’re secure inside, keep away from driving if it isn’t obligatory.
In case you can afford to attend to drive till the storm has handed, then do. The outdated adage is correct – it’s higher to reach safely than by no means.
2. Put together, put together, put together
The climate usually catches Scots out with out a lot discover, however the extra ready you will be for each eventuality, the higher. Plus, guaranteeing your automobile is ready to take care of all circumstances is a crucial accountability for any driver.
Don’t be caught out in torrential rain or snow regretting that you simply uncared for easy climate options!
Begin with the fundamentals:
Examine your windscreen wipers. Be sure that they’re in working order and keep in mind that they have to be changed a minimum of every year to make sure most effectivity.
Make it possible for your tyres have sufficient tread. By legislation you’re anticipated to have a minimal tread depth of 1.6mm, so guarantee you’ve gotten that at least. Tread is there to disperse water in precisely these circumstances, so that is vital for sustaining management of your car.
Examine your heating. Be sure that your heater works. It’s not simply to maintain you heat within the winter, it additionally works to clear the mist from the within of your automobile’s home windows.
3. Be a defensive driver
At all times good recommendation, however notably related throughout stormy climate. Deal with each automobile on the highway with you as a possible hindrance.
Inclement climate can see even the perfect drivers unexpectedly lose management of their car. To keep away from this, hold an additional agency grip on the wheel and be additional mild along with your breaks, all of the sudden braking is a positive solution to slip off beam.
In poor circumstances it’s okay to drive beneath the velocity restrict. It’s not a goal, it’s a most and if it’s too windy, slippery otherwise you lose visibility safely pull over and anticipate the worst to cross.
4. React quick, suppose lights
Even average rain or snow can dramatically cut back visibility, so if you happen to really feel the necessity to put in your windscreen wipers then that is a sign that you need to be adjusting your total driving model.
It’s best to decelerate and switch in your headlights, even when it’s daylight, in order that different drivers can see you. Be sure that they’re dipped beams although, not your full beam fog lights or you might threat dazzling different drivers.
5. You may see them, they’ll’t see you
Bigger autos pose an elevated threat when visibility decreases. Simply since you may see them, doesn’t imply they’re capable of see you. Be additional conscious of the area round you, particularly when close to lorries or buses.
Keep in mind the 2 second rule. In regular circumstances, at all times hold a minimal of a two second time hole in entrance of your autos round you in an effort to create area by which to react in case of emergency. When the climate is dangerous, double it to 4. The extra space the higher!
6. Keep away from puddles or standing water on the highway
Storms inevitably trigger water to gather on the roads and might trigger minor flooding even after a quick bout of dangerous climate. Keep away from driving via any standing water as, though it could seem shallow, you don’t have any concept how deep the water stage could possibly be or what situation the highway beneath is in.
Driving via puddles additionally places you at critical threat of aquaplaning. That is the place water builds up between the tyre and the highway beneath. This might lead to your tyres shedding traction and grip and you might end up unable to steer, brake or speed up.
7. Clear any snow out of your automobile earlier than your begin your journey to keep away from fines
As Storm Barra is anticipated to carry snowfall throughout the nation it is necessary you be sure your automobile is in a secure driving situation.
Solely clearing ice or snow from a part of your windscreen, often called ‘Portholing’, can result in as much as three factors in your licence, and a £60 superb! By legislation, each glass panel have to be seen out of and you have to have a transparent view of the highway from all angles earlier than you set off.
Whereas it isn’t unlawful to drive with snow in your roof, it may put others or your self in danger. If free snow have been to fall it may impede your imaginative and prescient, or fall onto the automobile behind and impression their skill to see.
You could possibly then be charged with ‘driving with out due consideration’ or ‘utilizing a motorcar in a harmful situation’ – which once more can land you in quite a lot of hassle. It’s at all times suggested to completely wipe snow and ice out of your roof and each window.
It isn’t simply your roof or window display screen that may land you a hefty superb whether it is coated in snow. If you don’t clear any ice or snow obscuring your entrance and rear quantity plate you might obtain a superb of as much as £1,000 from Native Authorities.
The Regulation states that each one quantity plates have to be clearly seen, as whether it is obstructed it could actually have an effect on your automobile being picked up by velocity cameras or police checks.